HID Global acquires Crossmatch in bid to expand biometric identity management offer

HID Global, the trusted identity solutions specialist, has acquired Crossmatch, a leader in the field of biometric identity management and secure authentication solutions, from Francisco Partners. Crossmatch’s portfolio of products includes biometric identity management hardware and software that complement HID’s broad portfolio of trusted identity products and services. The move makes HID Global one of the world’s major providers of fingerprint biometric technologies.

“Our acquisition of Crossmatch strengthens HID Global’s ability to offer innovative biometric identity solutions to hundreds of millions of users worldwide,” said Stefan Widing, president and CEO of HID Global. “Adding Crossmatch to our company will extend HID’s market leadership in the trusted identity space and allow us to fulfil the promise of biometrics in critical identity applications.”

Founded back in 1996 and based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Crossmatch employs over 270 professionals across a global network of development hubs and strategic sales offices. With the acquisition, HID Global gains industry-leading biometric identity management solutions for civil Government, defence and commercial applications, as well as a secure multi-factor authentication software solution.

Crossmatch’s public sector biometrics business enhances HID’s reach into immigration and border control, law enforcement and the military and defence sector markets with products and solutions that include criminal booking, rapid mobile identification, background checks, security clearance processing, military base access, counter-terrorism and mobile intelligence gathering as well as visa processing and citizen services.

Multiple vertical markets

The Crossmatch commercial biometrics business extends HID’s portfolio to include a broad array of single finger readers, modules, sensors and software developer kits for multiple vertical markets including retail, the financial sector, healthcare and OEM markets. This is a global business supporting a large volume of integrated partners.  Crossmatch is also a leading provider of single fingerprint sensors to Point of Sale (PoS) terminal manufacturers and is integrated with the major PoS software applications.

HID also gains a unique secure authentication solution, DigitalPersona, that goes beyond the traditional multi-factor approach to cyber security. DigitalPersona adds an array of risk-based factors (including behavioural biometrics) for secure and frictionless access to Windows and cloud, web, mobile and traditional applications.

“I’m very pleased that Crossmatch is joining the HID family,” said Richard Agostinelli, CEO of Crossmatch. “Countering today’s advanced security threats requires innovative and comprehensive identity management solutions incorporating both biometric and non-biometric components. Our market-leading biometric identity management solutions and unique composite authentication solution perfectly complement HID’s already robust offerings. This will enable us to provide our global customers with an even broader range of trusted identity solutions and our employees with increased opportunity for professional growth.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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